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Committees

Committee Chair/Co-Chairs
B’nai MitzvahProvides structure, resources and community support for families preparing for the Bar/Bat Mitzvah process in the Havurah community. Julie Hastings
Cemetery Logistics – Oversees the management of Havurah's cemetery, including burial plot sales and agreements with Metro Regional Government, which owns the cemetery. Dave Weil & Lou Jaffe
Connections Provides a warm and welcoming environment for new, prospective and current members. Strives to engage members in social events while creating connections and a sense of belonging. Alana Silverman (Neighborhood Groups), Stefanie Hausman (Welcoming Team) & Susan Lazareck (Interim Lead, Intergenerational Planning)
DesignSelects the art, design and furnishings that beautify Havurah Shalom’s space, according to Havurah aesthetics and values. Joan Peck

FinanceProvides oversight and continuous budgetary management of Havurah’s finances.

Janet Byrd
FundraisingEngages Havurahniks in creative ways to financially support the community and its outreach. Janet Byrd
GardeningBeautifies and maintains Havurah's outdoor areas. Barbara Gundle
Gesher – Provides guidance in planning programming that crosses committees and cohort groups, with a focus on establishing values and goals. Shelley Sobel, Chris Coughlin & Julia Lager-Mesulam
History – Works to collect, organize and preserve historical documents and artifacts of our community with the goal of sharing the collective memory and experience of Havurah with our community.  
Holidays – Identifies co-leaders for each of four annual holiday celebrations, guides co-leaders in planning celebrations with a goal of making them intergenerational, and attends at least one planning meeting prior to each celebration. Patricia Schwartz
Information TechnologyStrategizes, manages and troubleshoots the technological aspects of Havurah’s operations. Steve Birkel
Kabbalat Shabbat Gloria Halper, Nancy Weintraub and Mimi Epstein

Leadership DevelopmentSupports the development of Havurah leaders.

Debbi Nadell
Lifelong Learning (LLC)Works to provide programming and resources for Adult Education and oversees policy decisions for our Shabbat School, Middle School, and High School programs. Eve Berry
Ma’avar: End of Life & Cemetery We honor and support those who mourn and work together to provide for the needs of each family with respect and compassion for the human dignity of the deceased. Sidney Gold & Keren McCord
Pastoral Care Team Supports the rabbi with pastoral care. If you are a Havurah member and have an emergency need for pastoral care, please contact Rabbi Benjamin directly at 503-248-4662 ext. 3. Allan Cordova & Sandy Ramirez
Rabbi Transition Team Supports and welcomes Rabbi Benjamin and his family as they become a part of the Havurah community. (This is one-year disappearing task force.) Stacy Hankin & Amanda Coffey
Safety Establishes procedures and information to ensure the safety of the community.  John Devlin
Spiritual LifeSeeks to enhance and expand the community’s spiritual experiences and encourages independent efforts to develop new communal practices with alternative services, study sessions, learner’s minyans, yoga and other creative expressions of spirituality. Diane Chaplin & Sam Sirkin
SteeringGoverning body focused on strategy, policy and long range planning. Julia Lager-Mesulam & Ken Lerner, Co-Presidents; Miriam Reshotko, Vice President; Bill Kwitman, Immediate Past President; Shari Raider, Treasurer; Liz Joffe, Corporate Secretary; Susan Brenner, Lead for Avodah (Spiritual Life); Aaron Pearlman, Lead for Kehillah (Community); Galit Reilly, Lead for Limud (Education); Chris Coughlin, Lead for Tikkun Olam (Social Action); Tom Berg, Lead for Makom (Place)
Tikkun Olam – Tikkun Olam – the healing impact of social justice through vibrant, diverse efforts in our community and the world. From its beginnings, Tikkun Olam has been a core value for the Havurah community. We pursue Tikkun Olam through advocacy, outreach and direct service activities. In addition to our ongoing projects, the Tikkun Olam Committee invites and encourages Havurah members to suggest new ideas and opportunities for expanding our community involvement as we work for social justice.

Chris Coughlin & Bob Brown


Workgroup Leaders:

Metropolitan Alliance for Common Good (MACG) - Susan Rosenthall

Climate Action - Michael Heumann

Sanctuary - Shari Raider

Refugees - Chris Coughlin

Poverty & Homelessness - Gloria Halper

Transparency and Inclusivity Judy Steinberger and Fran Weick
Mon, December 10 2018 2 Tevet 5779